According to our friend Mike Florio over at ProFootballTalk.com, Drew Rosenhaus — who represents Ravens Offensive Tackle Jared Gaither — has been discussing a new contract with the Ravens.
Gaither is scheduled to make $460,000 this season, but can become a restricted free agent after the season. Florio speculates that given how difficult it is to acquire an anchor offensive tackle, teams might be willing to pay the First & Third Round price for a player like Gaither.
While I agree that acquiring great offensive tackles is not easy; I don’t think the Ravens will stress too much over resigning Gaither this offseason. While resigning Terrell Suggs would give them cap flexibility, Gaither’s current contract is VERY cap friendly to a team that needs it. The Ravens have also acquired an insurance policy on the left side by drafting Michael Oher, although I would assume the team still wants to keep both players.
And as difficult as it might be to acquire good tackles, a first and third round pick is a VERY steep price to pay, and any team willing to pay it would also have to give big money to Gaither.
If I was a betting man, I’d say the former Terp doesn’t get his money this offseason. But I’m not surprised Drew Rosenhaus is trying to change that.